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Fifty-five men met in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a document that would create a country and change a world: the Constitution. Here is a remarkable rendering of that fateful time, told with humanity and humor. Decision in Philadelphia is the best popular history of the Constitutional Convention; in it, the life and times of 18th-century America not only come alive, but the very human qualities of the men who framed the document are brought provocatively into focus - casting many of the Founding Fathers in a new light. A celebration of how and why our Constitution came into being, Decision in Philadelphia is also a testament of the American spirit at its finest.

©1986 Christopher Collier and James Lincoln Collier (P)2012 AudioGO

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  • Josh
  • 13-09-2012

excellent book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

absolutely, this was a great book in my mind. While the authors might not be the big names you hear today the book was excellent. It is worth going outside of the modern popular box and learning from these authors. Their work was well done.

What other book might you compare Decision in Philadelphia to and why?

well I am currently listening to Plain Honest Men, also about the Constitutional Convention. This book is on the same line and covers many of the same things but I am trying to immerse myself in this topic for a while and this book is not the same as the other. Do they have repeat information, sure, but it is history, what happened happened and facts have to be reported, but the books both are great listens and teach a great deal on the subject from different narratives and points of view. Try them both.

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This was a great listen. It is very informative and will teach you a great deal on how our national government was formed and why it is the way it is today. You will learn about people you have likely neer heard of unless you have studied this topic previously, such as Roger Sherman and James Wilson and you will see the played just as an integral role as James Madison and Ben Franklin in many respect. I am not saying they were "as" important, I am just saying you will learn they were far more important than mainstream history has ever given them credit for. This is just some of the things this book will teach you.

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  • Jamal Pilger
  • 21-02-2019

Made history interesting

I've never been a big fan of history books, but recently I've been more curious about how the American government works. This book was very informative and interesting. It kept my attention and taught me quite a bit about how the founding fathers thought and put together the Constitution. This helps me understand so much better how our modern political systems works. I enjoyed reading this book, and highly recommend it.

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  • Marianne Beckham
  • 04-01-2021

Fascinating background and credible sources

This is a good listen except the readers voice was too deep to hear at times. My eyes are opened to a new and deeper understanding of why who and what was negotiated at the 2nd Continental Congress. Also appreciated the verbatim reading of Constitution and Bill of Rights. Likely to listen this this again. 👍

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  • Gayle Brooker
  • 28-08-2021

Comprehensive events of the constitutional convention

We know the major playersbut do not know about the intrigue the intrigue that went on during the convention.

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  • mary nell southard
  • 19-06-2021

Excellent

I found this to be an most excellent and interesting report and review of how the constitution came to be and all the particulars that they had to work on during that time.

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  • Shane K.
  • 04-06-2021

Excellent book and performance

The Colliers do an excellent job of presenting information and historically accurate details. In only a few places do they fail in clearly presenting opinion separated from historical fact. My only true criticism is the surprise in the limited view of the purpose of the electoral college and the prejudice for a national popular vote. All in all this book is a great addition to the library and a must listen for anyone just starting to explore the process of the nations founding.

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  • J. Wagener
  • 01-05-2021

History through biographies

This is possibly the best concise and readable book about the constitutional convention that I have read (or listened to) thus far. I really like how Collier went about discussing the constitutional convention through the motivations of each of the convention members via biographies of them. Very informative and insightful.

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  • DM
  • 01-03-2021

excellent excellent work here

it is sad that many of know more about the who of the Constitution than the how. this book does a fantastic job of showing the steps that took us from nothing to a completed constitution, why things read the way they do, and how long it took to get these men to agree.
wonderfully written and excellently researched
well worth your time to read

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 27-04-2020

So That's What it Was Like to Be a Founding Father

An in depth look at the single most important event in American History. I've listened to it several times.

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  • Robert Rossbacher
  • 09-11-2018

Feeling as Though I was at the Convention

After listening to this Audible book, I felt I had a real understanding of the personalities of the men who developed the principles of the constitution. Also the various viewpoints of the men were made clear.

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